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Poster: sugar_shack Date: Feb 7, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Importing CD's to PC's

Through my journey I have downloaded and burned to disc about 300 shows. After I put them on discs the files were deleted. Now I'm 100% digital and I want to load the music from the disc's onto my hard drive. Can anybody tell me the most efficient way of doing this?

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Poster: SoggeeJohnson Date: Feb 7, 2009 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

rip it in flac/8

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Poster: sugar_shack Date: Feb 7, 2009 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

Thanks for the tip. It seems I had overlooked the giant button on my player that said "Rip".

Thanks again.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 7, 2009 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

Not sure what application you're using, be sure you check any default that eliminates the gap between tracks (usually in "Tools")

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Poster: sugar_shack Date: Feb 7, 2009 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

Thanks for the reply, but I have no idea what that means.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Feb 9, 2009 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

IMPORTANT: If the original music files that you downloaded were MP3, rip them back out as MP3.

There is much on this topic here on the forum, I strongly suggest you read up on this before spending the countless weeks ripping CD's.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Feb 7, 2009 1:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

First, use whatever CD player you have installed on your computer to transfer the CD to your hard drive (RealPlayer, iTunes, WinAmp, WMP, or whatever..)
Next, decide what form you wish to keep these files in. The music you transfered from your CD is a WAV file and takes up a lot of space. MP3 files are small but lossy. FLAC files are larger, but are not lossy. If you want to store a lot of music, and with 300 shows you obviously do... go with mp3, but KEEP YOUR Original discs! Do not trade mp3 files, only use them to play for your personal enjoyment.
Download Traders Little Helper. Here is a link:
http://trader-s-little-helper.software.informer.com/
Find the files you just burned on your hard drive.
Open Traders Little Helper
Select the box that says "Format" in the top left corner.
Click the box that says "Target format" and select mp3
You can also select the quality settings VBR, and the settings 9 thru 0, 0 being the highest
Hit the 'Add" button and locate the files, choose a folder to put the mp3 files in and select "Convert"
It will decode your files to mp3 and send them to your selected folder. Delete the WAV files, and you should be set. Good luck!

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Poster: high flow Date: Feb 7, 2009 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

My suggestion.

If you are taking the time to rip all of these shows, rip to lossless. Why would you do all of that work only to have the lossy files stored safely? Discs are not as reliable as your HD, store you vital lossless files on HD, not disc.

Also, it makes it much easier to send a friend a lossless copy.

Also also, many of the new media players will play flac or shn. Why not listen to the big files w/ all the data, rather than a compressed shell of the original?

Prost!

This post was modified by high flow on 2009-02-07 21:50:36

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Poster: sugar_shack Date: Feb 7, 2009 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importing CD's to PC's

Thanks Sky Dawg. I'm knockin' back a few cold ones, and I'm toasting The Forumites, you folks never fail to help a brother in need.

Prost!!!